This is book number 2 in the Claire DeWitt series.
Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead is one of my favorite crime novels, and ever since I finished its last page I’ve been eager for another book from Sara Gran. Claire DeWitt is a private detective who has much in common with Sherlock Holmes, such as unorthodox methods, a prickly demeanor, and the occasional substance abuse issue. Her latest mystery takes place in California, including a stop at the famed Bohemian Grove. How can you resist?— Kat
When Paul Casablancas, Claire DeWitt’s ex-boyfriend and a popular musician in the Bay Area scene is found dead in his apartment, his cherished guitars missing, the police are convinced it’s a simple robbery. But Claire knows that nothing is ever simple. With the help of her new assistant Claude, Claire follows the clues, finding hints to Paul’s fate in her other cases—especially a long-ago missing girl in New York’s gritty East Village and a modern-day miniature horse theft in Marin. As visions of the past reveal the secrets of the present, Claire begins to understand the words of the enigmatic French detective Jacques Silette: “The detective won’t know what he is capable of until he encounters a mystery that pierces his own heart.” And love, in all its forms, is the greatest mystery of all—at least to the world’s greatest P.I.
With a heroine hailed as “a charmer” (New York Times Book Review), from an author who “reminds me why I fell in love with the genre” (Laura Lippman), this is an addictive new adventure for an irresistible detective.
“Gran keeps her tortured detective focused throughout, ensuring a satisfying read. Highly recommended.”
—Library Journal [HC starred review]
“Monda’s sensitive reading . . . makes listeners root for the haunted detective in her quest for the truth.”
“Narrator Carol Monda is terrific in this second Claire DeWitt detective story. . . . Monda does everything right.”
“Carol Monda might have been born to narrate the Claire DeWitt novels. . . . Her tight-jawed contralto is capable of conveying subtle vibrations of grief, yearning, pity, self-loathing and amusement. . . . Monda’s performance encompasses all . . . facets of her personality and more.”
“A whiskey-and-cigarettes delivery perfectly suited to this mystery.”
“Lyrical and often insightful prose. . . . A thinking person’s novel.”
“Carol Monda narrates with a classic noir delivery, a syrupy tone, and plenty of attitude. With a slightly raspy voice, Monda is provocative in her emphasis and infuses the story with dramatic flair. DeWitt fans will be delighted.”